We loved being apart of the C4 Foundation in order to support the SEAL community. We haven’t had a connection like this before. I love that the ranch provides a quiet place for the whole family to reconnect without having to be with other people outside of the community. I also loved that we didn’t have to explain why we were there. When we arrived, our daughter went to the animals and then the painting area, while my youngest son preferred to play with the other kids. My husband and I had a great hike with our other son and could only hear our own footsteps. I see it as a place for kids to be able to be kids without too many adults telling them what to do. A place to decompress. A place for ALL to be a kids again. Because don’t we all just want to have fun?! It’s so peaceful at the Ranch, which is not typical of our surroundings in San Diego.
Our weekend at the C4 Ranch was incredible. Matthew caught his first fish, Lily her second. We christened the new fire pit up by the fire truck and had s’mores under the stars. We shared stories and made memories – ones that will last a lifetime. We laughed, we cried, then laughed again over stories about Charlie… Thank you C4 Ranch for graciously opening up your home and providing us a space, a safe space, post deployment to unwind, reconnect and create memories as a family.
What you have done, endured, and created has personally touched me. I cannot fathom the depths of your loss, but I do feel the love you offer through the C4 Foundation and the C4 Ranch. The contrast of your loss and love is remarkably beautiful and embodies altruism. My son Beau and I had an incredible time this past weekend with Nick, Moira, Emme, and Becker. The ranch is a very special place and the kids made it that much more special. If I can help your cause or efforts in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask. Beau and I appreciate you and your family. Hope to see you at the Ranch again soon!